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College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumni

2013 Distinguished Alumni

Rear Admiral Robert L. Toney

BA Social Sciences, Class of 1957

Honor Year: 2013

Current Position:
Retired Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral Robert L. Toney was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navy in 1957. Admiral Toney’s naval career spanned 34 years. He commanded four organizations with the Navy and received numerous honors and decorations including the Defense Meritorious Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Oakleaf Cluster, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He completed NATO Defense College in Rome, and the National and International Security Course at Harvard University. He holds honorary doctorates from National Defense University and Golden Gate University. Admiral Toney retired from the military in 1994 and moved from a life devoted to public service to a life devoted to community service. He has served on several boards including the CSU, Chico Advisory Board.